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Student & Alumni Achievements

Texas Alumna Wins New Researchers Poster Competition

Dr. Cecilia Montano, a recent UTHealth School of Public Health graduate and former NIOSH-funded Occupational Injury Prevention Trainee, won the Students and New Researchers Poster Competition at the Occupational Health and Safety Section of APHA conference in New Orleans. The School of Public Health is part of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

Cecilia Montano

Dr. Montano presented one of her dissertation papers titled “Investigating the Risk of First Occupational Injury by Treated Psychiatric Disorder Episodes of Care”. Participants were given three minutes to present their poster and two minutes to answer questions from two judges.

Judges scored posters on the following criteria:

  1. Poster’s layout and visual appearance
  2. The scientific relevance and impact of findings
  3. Clarity and conciseness during the three-minute oral presentation
  4. Response to questions
  5. Other comments (optional)

Dr. Montano’s dissertation research was conducted under the supervision of Dr. Benjamin C. Amick, III. Funding for her project was provided by the Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (SWCOEH), a NIOSH Education and Research Center through Grant No. 5T42OH008421 from the National Institute for Occupational and Environmental Health (NIOSH)/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Montano is currently a post-doctoral research fellow at the UTHealth Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research, coordinating the research activities for an occupational injury prevention study for Houston Latino day laborers.